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How to speed up your Time Machine backups

Is Time Machine taking forever to back up your Mac? You can speed it up temporarily with this Terminal trick.

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How to restore your Mac from a backup

If your Mac crashes and you lose it all, you can restore it back to its current state thanks to backups.

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How to free up space on your Mac by deleting old backups

Do you have an excessive amount of 'Backups' taking up space on your MacBook? Don't worry, it's supposed to be there.

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How to back up your iTunes library

How do you back up your iTunes Library and make sure your music, movies, TV shows, and more are safe and sound?

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How to back up your Apple TV

You may not be able to back up your Apple TV in the traditional sense, but you can still make sure your data is safely stored in iCloud.

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How to use Time Machine local snapshots to recover data on your Mac laptop

If you use Time Machine to back up your Mac laptop and something goes wrong with your hard drive, you can still recover data with local snapshots!

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Comic: Apple Deleted All My Music!

Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: Stop! Grammar Time

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HTC targets iPhone users with its new Sync Manager desktop application

HTC announced the HTC One last week which is its latest flagship device running on the Android operating system. It appears that HTC believes it can pull current iPhone users away from iOS and onto android with its latest device and it is going all out to help people do just that by releasing software that can access an iPhone’s backup file. According to CNET Asia, HTC will soon be releasing an update to its desktop Sync Manager software that will have the ability to open up an iPhone’s backup file that has been created through an iTunes backup.

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The importance of multiple backups for iPhone, iPod, and iPad

iOS 6 was the first full iOS update offered over-the-air (OTA) using Apple's bit-differential, update-in-place iCloud system. That should make for faster, more convenient updates for current devices, and easier migrations to new devices. But the thing is, when pushing around billions of bits, things can and will go wrong. Storage has errors, power and connectivity fails at the worst times possible, and files get corrupted.

We've gotten reports from a few readers who are having trouble with backups at the moment, so it's worth going over the key strategy again -- local, online, and redundant.

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How to delete old backups and other ways to free up space in iCloud

iCloud automagically backs up all of the data on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. So, if you ever lose, replace, update, or simply restore your device, you can easily get back to right where you left off. Unfortunately, iCloud backup is so automagical that it can quickly fill up the 5GB Apple gives you for free, preventing future backups or forcing you to buy additional -- non free - storage.

Sure, you can go through and delete iCloud emails with hefty attachments, or be frugal about just how many -- and how large --documents you keep in the cloud, but you can also control just exactly what gets backed up, removing anything that's not urgent or important to you, and you can also manually delete old backups from devices you no longer have, or you simply don't need anymore. And that can instantly free up considerable, valuable space for the stuff you do care about.

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